Web3: Gala Games $5B for NFT Expansion; $450MM into Anchor; 600k Helium Network hotspots; BlackRock crypto trading plans; BlockFi $100MM SEC penalty
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NFT, Metaverse, and Gaming
⭐ Gala Games to Plough $5B into NFT Expansion Efforts - Blockworks, February 8
Ethereum NFT Marketplace OpenSea Launches Investment Arm and Grants Program - Decrypt, February 11
The Women Of The Metaverse - Forbes, February 8
Sotheby’s Set to Auction 104 CryptoPunks Valued at $20M to $30M - Blockworks, February 8
Play-to-Earn Ethereum NFT Game Axie Infinity Nears Free-to-Play Shift - Decrypt, February 11
Gucci Buys Virtual Land on The Sandbox as Part of Metaverse Experience Bid - The Block, February 9
DAOs and Token Engineering
⭐ Re-envisioning Corporations: How DAOs and Blockchain Can Improve The Way We Organise - World Economic Forum, February 8
Build Finance DAO Suffers 'Hostile Governance Takeover,' Loses $470,000 - the Block, February 14
DAO Liquidity Provider Raises $18M in Round Led by Pantera Capital - Blockworks, February 8
Washington Nationals to ‘Explore’ Terra’s UST Stablecoin in DAO-Approved Partnership Deal - CoinDesk, February 9
The Evolution of DAOs and Why They are Expected to Take Hold in 2022 - Coin Telegraph, February 12
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DeFi and Stablecoins
⭐ Luna Foundation Proposes $450M Cash Injection to Boost Anchor DeFi Protocol Reserves - BeInCrypto, February 10
Yearning for Yearn - Messari, February 8
SEC Enforcement Against Wonderland Could Mean Trouble for DeFi - CoinDesk, February 14
Gnosis Votes on Whether to Spin Out DeFi Infrastructure Project as Independent DAO - The Defiant, February 10
Block by Block: Assessing Risk in Decentralised Finance - Moody’s, February 13
Treasury Officials Say Stablecoin Issuers Must be Bank to Ensure Security - Blockworks, February 8
⭐ The Reason Every IoT User is Opting for Helium Decentralised Network - Programming Insider, February 8
Zero Knowledge Proofs Can Save the Metaverse From Becoming a Dystopian Surveillance State - The Defiant, February 11
Twitter Joins $20M Funding Round for Bitcoin Payments Provider OpenNode - CoinDesk, February 9
What is Avalanche Network (AVAX) and How Does it Work? - Coin Telegraph, February 12
Introducing the Nomic Foundation: An Ethereum Public Goods Organisation - Nomic Foundation, February 9
Crypto, Fintech and Institutional
⭐ BlackRock Planning to Offer Crypto Trading, Sources Say - CoinDesk, February 9
⭐ Crypto Lender BlockFi to Pay $100MM in Fines to US Regulators - Blockworks, February 14
Crypto Exchange Coinbase is Forced to Throttle Traffic After its Viral QR-code Super Bowl Ad Briefly Crashes its Website - Markets Insider, February 14
Couple Arrested as Government Recovers $3.6B in Stolen Bitcoin - Blockworks, February 8
El Salvador Bitcoin Bond Issuance Coming as Soon as March 15: Finance Minister - CoinDesk, February 9
Upcoming Apple iPhone Feature to Give Merchants a Way to Accept Crypto Payments - Coin Telegraph, February 9
Enterprise Chains and CBDCs
⭐ Is Healthcare Ready For Blockchain? - Managed Healthcare Executive, February 8
Blockchain Project to Target Rare Earth Metal Sustainability - Ledger Insights, February 9
Zimbabwe’s Central Bank Exploring CBDC, Reiterates Opposition to Cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin.com, February 8
Seven Procurement and Supply Chain Technology Trends for 2022 - Supply Chain Brain - February 11
New Alfa Romeo SUV Uses NFT and Blockchain to Track Car Records - Coin Telegraph, February
Virtual Events & Conferences
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A landmark Sloan event and one of the largest student-run conferences in the world, the MIT FinTech Conference brings together the most prominent minds in FinTech this February. The hybrid event will take place on *February 25, 2022 at the Marriott Cambridge Hotel (Boston, MA) and online* to a global audience and is not to be missed. Save your seat today on Eventbrite and follow MIT FinTech on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or the website for the latest updates.
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